A local Humans Of New York-style Facebook site is sharing powerful stories from refugees

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Rob Moran

Finally, a more welcoming and compassionate view on refugee stories than the usual rhetoric that tends to be spouted in Australian media. Take a look at New Humans Of Australia.

The site - inspired by Humans Of New York, the popular Facebook photoblog created by Brandon Stanton - launched last month, and features pictures and powerful personal stories from refugees and migrants who've made Australia their new home.  

Its posts have already started amassing thousands of likes and shares and tons of positive vibes.

 
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I came here in 1999, at the age of 17, by myself, without any family. My father was killed by the Taliban. Then, one...

Posted by New Humans of Australia on  Saturday, September 12, 2015

The site's creator, Sydneysider Nicola Gray, told Buzzfeed that she came up with the idea after working with refugees in the government's Adult Migrant English Program.

"I got to hear a lot of amazing stories. At the same time, the stories about refugees coming through the mainstream media were often negative," she said, adding that she hopes to secure a grant to be able to continue the project into the future.  

 

We walked for 10 days, always at night time. I was 13 years old, my sister was 7, and I was carrying my 2 year old...

Posted by New Humans of Australia on  Saturday, September 19, 2015
 

My Australian citizenship was actually the first citizenship of my life. My family had lived in Iraq for three...

Posted by New Humans of Australia on  Thursday, September 10, 2015
 

I was a journalist in Vietnam, but when I arrived here, I worked in a chicken factory. Even though I worked long hours...

Posted by New Humans of Australia on  Wednesday, August 26, 2015
 

12 years ago, I was kidnapped in Pakistan. Even though it was a long time ago, it still feels like yesterday to me. At...

Posted by New Humans of Australia on  Friday, August 28, 2015

"The comments are very welcoming and supportive," Gray told Pedestrian about the response the site's received so far. "It's great to see the true Australian spirit shining through."

Read more at New Humans Of Australia.